Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Review of Getting Started with RFID

So, I have been curious about learning how to use RFID for various projects and finally had a chance to learn a little bit about it by getting a hold of a nice book called Getting Started with RFID by Tom Igoe. It's really only a very basic starter book. For those looking for something more in-depth, you'll definitely want to go elsewhere.
I got a copy of it and was happy that I could learn the basics so quickly but was also disappointed that there were really only 27 pages of material. Yes, 27 pages. At least it gets you going quickly and is quite useful if you know a little about Arduino and electronics.
The first project shows how to interface an RFID with Processing. The second is essentially the same but connects to an Arduino and outputs everything on the serial monitor instead of going through Processing.
Other than being short, one of my gripes is that the few pictures it has, the schematics if you want to call them that, are basically hand-drawn sketches. I thought the book was less professional that it could have been had a high resolution picture or a proper schematic (possibly in fritzing) been used but that was up to the author.
Overall, it's a quick, easy read that only take 30 minutes max to go through, and that includes connecting everything up and getting it running. I wouldn't pay much for something like this as there's not much substance but if you can get a deal on it, then it's a handy starter reference to have around.

Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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